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January 25th, 2016

Guest editorial: Continuing to invest in pollution makes no cents

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By James Ehlers



Our governor recently joined the growing call to divest public funds from coal and ExxonMobil. Some folks are asking why we should move away from these assets as the projections of future climate change impacts are still contentious. I believe the real question should be: Given the horrendous environmental impacts from the burning of fossil fuels that have already occurred and are still happening now, why have we stayed invested so long?

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Opinion: Community, not violence, the answer to problems

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



This past summer, my husband noticed a bumper sticker that said, “I am not a liberal. I support the 2nd Amendment.”

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Opinion: Much to recommend in 'pastoral' Champlain Valley

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John-Eric Colley Robinson



I’m taking an online permaculture course through Cornell UniversityExtension, and part of my current assignment is to write an elevator pitch for my bioregion to convince everyone to move here. Here it is, addressed not to us, but to the folk living other places:

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Opinion: Term limits, flat tax rate would help correct our course

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Edwin C. James



It seems the older I get the more I become concerned with the direction our great nation and country is going. Things don’t seem to be getting done in Washington as they might, though some of the fault may be our own (the voters) due to who we put in office.

I believe it is time for term limits — instead of the same old life-timers holding down their precious seats. Maybe we should limit their terms in office to 8 or maybe 10 years or less.

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Students of the Week - January 25, 2016

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

OVUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK

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Schools ready spending proposals: Ferrisburgh pares $155K from $3.5M

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board on Thursday adopted a budget proposal for the 2016-2017 academic year that cuts almost $155,000 from the school’s current $3.587 million spending level.

The plan the board approved for a March 1 vote calls for $3,432,273 of spending, a reduction board members said they are optimistic will help keep taxes in check.

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Bike tours company to leave Bristol for new office in Williston

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — After 35 years in its iconic 18th-century yellow farmhouse in Bristol, a well-known company that leads bicycle tours around the world will pedal out of town this spring.

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, originally known as Vermont Bike Tours, announced last Thursday that it is moving its headquarters from Bristol to a 14,500-square-foot office space in Williston, probably by the end of March.

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Area firefighters lauded for their dedication and service

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — Christopher Herrick, Vermont director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, looked around the Eagles Club in Vergennes this past Wednesday evening at the sea of men and women in crisp dress uniforms. He was taking in everyone at the Addison County Firefighters Association annual meeting from the most senior to the youngest members of the 200 firefighters assembled.

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